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MPs Question MUBS Principal Over Lost Land

In the report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga notes that MUBS lost 12 acres of land in Bugolobi to an investor who compensated them with approximately 2.2 acres of land in a swamp at Butabika near Kireka.
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The Public Accounts Committee-PAC has tasked Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Principal, Professor Wasswa Balunywa to explain how the institution lost its land in Bugolobi to an investor. .

Prof. Balunywa was appearing before PAC to respond to queries in the Auditor General's report for the 2016/2017 financial year. In the report, the Auditor General, John Muwanga notes that MUBS lost 12 acres of land in Bugolobi to an investor who compensated them with approximately 2.2 acres of land in a swamp at Butabika near Kireka. 

The land was reportedly given to MUBS by Uganda Land Commission, which illegally allocated the school land to the investor. Muwanga notes that MUBS has never taken control of the land in Butabika since part of it is encumbered with squatters while the other part is a swamp.

n Wesdneday afternoon, the PAC Chairperson, Gerald Karuhanga asked Balunywa why MUBS accepted a swamp as compensation for the prime school land in Bugolobi. 

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In his response, Balunywa said Uganda Land Commission is yet to honor their request to be allocated alternative land without any encumbrances. Karuhanga directed Balunywa to ensure that the institution gets land equivalent to what was lost.

The Committee also asked Balunywa about circumstances under which, MUBS carried out major renovation works at its Jinja campus at Shillings 679 million yet the land and buildings belong to Jinja Municipal Council and is currently allocated to Narambhai Primary School.

Balunywa explained that MUBS entered an agreement with Jinja Municipal Council but the latter chose to change face concerning the issue of the land title. He further noted that the renovation by MUBS was done in good faith to create a conducive learning environment for students.

He said that even though the Municipal Council agreed to give them the land, up to now they have failed to access the land title eight years down the road. Balunywa asked for the intervention of the committee prompting Karuhanga to summon Uganda Land Commission.

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